If you’ve been in such an accident, speak with an attorney who understands the issues. The attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C., have the experience and the desire to help you. Commercial and delivery trucks such as semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs frequently pass through the urban area to deliver products, packages, and other goods. Because of their popularity, however, delivery trucks are frequently involved in major accidents with other vehicles, leading to injury and death.
When a person does survive an accident involving large commercial delivery trucks, injuries are often serious and take a long time to heal. While there are many minor and moderate potential injuries in truck accidents, serious injuries can include:
- Brain damage
- Amputation of limbs
- Spine injuries
- Neck injuries
Types of Delivery and Commercial Truck Accidents
Delivery trucks transport commercial products and goods. Common types of vehicles involved in truck accidents include:
- Coal trucks
- Delivery trucks including FedEx, USPS, and UPS
- Garbage and dump trucks
- Cement trucks
- Tanker trucks
- Product hauler trucks
Causes of Commercial Truck Accidents
As in most personal injury cases, the most common cause of commercial and delivery truck accidents in Georgia is negligence. Negligent, accident-causing actions of truck drivers include:
- Fatigued driving or driving while tired. A driver may nod off from long hours on the road or exhaustion, and drive into oncoming traffic or off the road.
- Driving under the influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous in any car or machinery, let alone large commercial trucks. An impaired truck driver can cause a serious accident or even death.
- Reckless driving. A commercial truck or delivery driver can cause severe injury if he or she drives in a careless manner, including swerving in and out of lanes, speeding, and otherwise endangering other drivers.
- Manufacturing issues. Faulty driver behavior is not always the cause of truck accidents. Failure to maintain a delivery truck or commercial truck’s engine or parts can cause the vehicle to malfunction, leading to an accident.
Determining Fault in Commercial and Delivery Truck Accidents
Companies that employ truckers must hire well-trained and qualified drivers with licenses to operate commercial machinery. A trucking company is also responsible for routine maintenance of vehicles. To determine fault in a commercial or delivery truck accident, a personal injury lawyer will examine truck repair and maintenance history. He or she will also research a driver’s records to see if there is any evidence of prior negligence.
Receiving Compensation for Commercial and Delivery Truck Accidents
If you experience injuries in a commercial or delivery truck accident, contact a team of attorneys with experience in personal injury claims. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you could receive compensation for losses after a delivery or commercial truck accident.
Personal injury attorneys are often able to earn compensation for delivery truck accident damages including:
- Medical expenses
- Rehab treatment costs during the healing process
- Wrongful death claims
- Loss of income or earning ability
- Disability claims
- Related medications expenses
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Disfigurement claims
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney at Kaufman Law, P.C., can result in a more favorable outcome after a delivery truck or commercial truck accident. Our team of experienced lawyers serve people with personal injury claims in Atlanta.